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Pac-12 picks: Week 2

Marcus Mariota and Oregon host Michigan State in the college football game of the week.
Marcus Mariota and Oregon host Michigan State in the college football game of the week.
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With one week of the college football season in the books, the Pac-12 takes center stage with a pair of exciting matchups on the second Saturday of the season. After posting a 10-2 non-conference record during the opening weekend, the Pac-12 should continue piling up the wins this weekend. Below are my always correct, never off-base predictions (I wish). All rankings courtesy of the AP poll.

Arizona (1-0) at UTSA (1-0) (Thursday)

The Wildcats looked good in their season-opening win over UNLV. But a road game is a whole different story, especially when playing a solid Roadrunners squad. Wildcats 38, Roadrunners 24.

Washington State (0-1) at Nevada (1-0) (Friday)

After losing a close game to Rutgers, the Cougars have to get ready in a hurry for the Wolf Pack. Nevada took care of FCS member Southern Utah in their opener. But are they going to be able to keep up with the Cougars potent offense for 60 minutes? Cougars 37, Wolf Pack 28.

Colorado (0-1) at Massachusetts (0-1)

The Buffaloes nearly held off Colorado State in their week 1 rivalry game. Now Colorado must travel east in search of their first win of the season. The Minutemen have won just two games since moving up to the FBS level two years ago. Buffaloes 31, Minutemen 13.

Fresno State (0-1) at Utah (1-0)

Fresno State was blown out by USC in week 1, allowing 701 yards in the process. Utah is coming off a solid performance over FCS member Idaho State. This game should be more competitive for both teams, but giving Utah a slight edge with their Pac-12 talent. Utes 27, Bulldogs 23.

Sacramento State (1-0) at California (1-0)

The Bears picked up a big win on the road over Northwestern during the opening weekend. Cal should have no problem retaining their momentum when FCS member Sacramento State heads to Memorial Stadium. Golden Bears 45, Hornets 17.

Eastern Washington (2-0) at Washington (1-0)

After surviving at Hawaii, the Huskies don’t get much of a rest. Eastern Washington rolls into Montlake averaging 48.5 points per game and ranked second in the FCS Coaches poll. Quarterback Vernon Adams and the Eagles offense should be a great test for the young Huskies secondary. Huskies 41, Eagles 34.

No. 14 USC (1-0) at No. 13 Stanford (1-0)

Neither team had trouble in the opening weekend. USC rolled past Fresno State and Stanford pounded FCS member UC Davis. But expect David Shaw and Stanford to put up a much tougher fight on defense than Fresno State did. Cardinal 31, Trojans 17.

No. 7 Michigan State (1-0) at No. 3 Oregon (1-0)

Both the Spartans and Ducks had easy tune up wins during the opening weekend. While Michigan State will present one of the toughest defenses the Ducks will see all year, look for Oregon to use the rowdy Autzen crowd to run past Michigan State. Ducks 38, Spartans 21.

No. 17 Arizona State (1-0) at New Mexico (0-1)

After blowing out FCS member Weber State, the Sun Devils will face stiffer competition on the road against New Mexico. The Lobos lost put up 477 yards of offense in their seven point season-opening loss at home against UTEP. But here’s thinking that Arizona State will have too much firepower for New Mexico to keep pace. Sun Devils 41, Lobos 17.

Memphis (1-0) at No. 11 UCLA (1-0)

The Tigers had no trouble dispatching FCS member Austin Peay, outgaining the Governors by 399 yards. But after nearly being upset by Virginia in week 1, UCLA should be ready to roll on offense. Expect the Bruins to bounce back in a major way. Bruins 41, Tigers 21.

Oregon State (1-0) at Hawaii (0-1)

After nearly knocking off Washington, the Rainbow Warriors will get another crack at a Pac-12 member. Despite trailing at halftime, the Beavers looked solid in their season opening win over FCS foe Portland State. Look for Sean Mannion to have a big game. Beavers 34, Rainbow Warriors 24.

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